CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University researchers say wastewater sampling shows that the coronavirus is present throughout Corvallis, with an increase in virus levels over the past month.
“We are focused on keeping track of COVID-19 infections in the population through time and space, identifying hotspots of cases where public health monitoring should be directed,” said Taal Levi, associate professor of fisheries and wildlife in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.
This data aligns with what sewage researchers in OSU's TRACE-COVID-19 public health project have discovered and are also in sync with its door-to-door nasal swab sampling in Corvallis.
The research team collects wastewater samples every week at seven locations in Corvallis. These results follow a decrease in concentrations of Coronavirus in the late summer, which researchers attribute to public health guidelines.
Researchers say even with the increase, Corvallis is still relatively safe compared to other Oregon cities.